So Just Why Is This Lady Smiling?

Alexandra Maria Lara
Alexandra Maria Lara at the Cannes Film Festival in May.  (Photo: WireImage)

By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
September 22, 2008

She beams broadly, and she should.

Her name is Alexandra Maria Lara, and she has a small role in a big film which opens on Friday across the U.S. and Canada.  The film is "Miracle At St. Anna", Spike Lee's World War Two drama. 

Miss Lara, who previously was seen in theaters in North America in Francis Ford Coppola's film "Youth Without Youth" last year, played multiple roles in Mr. Coppola's film, including as a Nazi propaganda temptress.  Mr. Lee has her donning the Nazi temptress role again in "Miracle", where she plays Axis Sally, a real-life Nazi propagandist.

Alexandra Maria Lara as Axis Sally in Spike Lee's "Miracle At St. Anna" which opens across North America on Friday.  (Photo: David Lee/Touchstone)

Miss Lara has a broader role in upcoming films like "The Reader", opposite Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet and Bruno Ganz.  "The Reader" is scheduled to open in the U.S. and Canada on December 12.

Miss Lara will also star in "Kaifeck Murder", which is scheduled to open in Europe and the U.S. sometime in 2009.

The Popcorn Reel spoke to Alexandra Maria Lara last year.  Here's the feature story and audio from the interview.

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